Day 22 : Starting using the time, which i have properly

Difficulties with time management

As I mentioned before on this blog, I do have work, which effects my other ventures.

I am starting, and ending my “9-5” everyday differently, so I can’t plan everything from start to the end.

Also I do have lot of stress…

I know that whole plant, in which I am working depends on me, and my skills.

As a programmer in Industry I do have often days, when I know that this is the deadline, and if I can’t figure something out, to move forward with the project.

There will be money consequences on my firm.

So when I am actually in one of my client locations (unfortunately most of clients are far from my home, so when I have to dive to them, I am staying for couple of nights in surrounding hotel).

As I have tried many times to actually do something else in those days, when I am during this business trips.

I actually never achieve my goal.

My typical day looks like that:

  1. Wake up at 7 AM
  2. Go to work at 8 AM
  3. Finish work at 8 PM
  4. Get back to hotel, do some reading
  5. Get sleep at 11 PM.

So I have decided that if I can’t actually do some creative work then.

I can handle with my health in those 4 hours of day, which I have left.

How?

I have signed to a Gym, and try to go sweating there every day after work.

Those 2 hours on different equipment is a blast for my stress, and feel of comfort the day after.

Typically I am spending 3 days (2 nights) out of home, so I can go to the Gym 3 times a week (which is recommended amount according to my coach).

On the rest of time I do have a simple plan:

  1. Reading emails, and writing back to my clients, and my contractors.
  2. Reading Blog posts about SEO, and Marketing (what is my biggest area of interest).
  3. Sleeping, and relaxing (Normally I do not sleep for 8 hours a day).

How I am going to realize this plan

To make things straight, this is only my Plan, when I am during business trip for more than 1 day, and I have to work long hours, which makes me less productive for my own projects.

When I am at home I do have much more to offer.

Those weekends, and hours after work are really the core of my development…

Of course I also want to spend as much time I can with my Girlfriend, so this is really important for me to plan things upfront.

Planning weekends

A few days ago I have read about planning weekends.

After deeper thought, it really make sense…

Each weekend I do want to do something fun, what makes me more relaxed, and keeps me waiting for this opportunity.

Thanks to that I can be more focus on work, because when I will finished I will reward myself.

I don’t mean doing every move according to some scenario (there is place for spontaneity).

It is just a self motivator, which can only make me start working earlier.

Day 21 : 3 simple things, which will make You more productive

What changes in my mentality in 21 days

First of all, I have never been so consequence about exercises… I feel that I am much more effective, when I am moving… Not sitting all day in front of monitor, and figuring out the problems.

Making my body more oxygenated makes me much more energetic. Yesterday I was at Gym first time this week (other days I was swimming), and I have to say that I feel a blast today…

It is 7 PM right now, and I don’t feel tired at all… I feel like I can done so much more today (like writing this post).

Now is the great time to deal with emails for my business… I do have client, which I am working with, and Yes I hope this will be long term (now I am on the beginning phase of fixing his website).

I have finished my work (after 12 hours), and I feel like I could work for at least 6 more, but the plan is much different.

I will go to the Gym at 8, but first e-mails, blog post here, and some research of my Evernote List

Make a list, and Plans

Like I mentioned I am using Evernote. Probably I could use it much more for documenting my private photos, but I am not.

I am saving only my notes, plans, and ideas.

Everything, which is poping into my head have to be noted in Evernote in special section for New Ideas.

If someone asked me which three tools I do recommend to have on every computer it definitely will be Evernote (also Microsoft Excel, and Afinity Photo).

I have this problem with ideas, when I did not document it I simply forget about them…

So every time, when I am thinking about some new project, or about something new which i could done with myself, I simply make a note, and once a week (Saturday night), I do an Overview about what i do have in my new Ideas Inbox…

Sometimes some of them just not make sense anymore (after deeper thinking about them), but other ones need to be categorized, and actually i can make a Project from them.

About making lists in Oldschool I do recommend Getting Things Done. I have actually read this book three times, to understand the knowledge properly, and I am trying using it with Evernote.

Exercise

I have started been a Gym addict for 2 weeks. It makes me more stressful, and focus, also haven’t been seek for a while, so I also “blame” for that sweating out everything, which is wrong in my system.

To be clear, I am not eating super healthy… But I am trying to eat the last meal 4 hours before sleep, and reduce the Fast Foods (earlier I did eat at least 2 Pizzas in the week).

I do want to lose some weight, but exercising is great for my mind, and for reducing my stress.

I do actually thing, that much more effective for me is, when I am exercising in the morning, unfortunately, when I am driving to work, only swimming pool is opened in my surroundings.

Also what I did, which make a massive change is thinking about sport…

Earlier I thought that I do need hours every day to make a change… So I did not those hours, and did not exercise.

I noticed something.

Every morning I do make a shower… It takes me 15 minutes…

So instead if this shower I am driving to swimming pool for a 30 minutes, when I do have 20 minutes of effective swim, and waste only 15 minutes (so I wake up 15 minutes earlier).

Thanks to that simple role I have energy for hole day, after 20 minutes…

Don’t start anything more than twice

This rule is pretty simple… Each time, when you are starting something You need time to understand that thing, and next work with it…

It doesn’t matter if it is choosing new phone, or making a business decision.

When You start something, next drop it off for a 2 weeks, next time, when You will do something with this thing… You basically will have to start from the beginning, what means You have wasted time, when You have been handling with this thing last time…

Simple?

every time, when I decide to do some research about something I want to get to the point, when I can finish some sentence…

And, when I say finish, I mean buying something, or making some decision, or getting to the point, when I can say, ok… This is ended loop, next time when i pick this topic I can continue from here.

Maybe You have started something, but someone interrupted You, but try to not make same mistake more than twice…

Trust me on that, this is pretty simple, and can make you much smarter, when it goes with dealing with Your time.

Day 20 : How to switch from work mode after work

Learning to switch

After a three years work for my company (and I mean my 9-5 job), I have to say, that I developed a great mechanism to switch my mind from work mode (and work problems), for another ones.

I have to say in the beginning of my carer it was pretty stressful, and I remember that I was exhausted in the Friday… Because I was thinking about problems in work all the time.

Literally everyday, before I was going to sleep, and in the first place, when I wake up…

I do have work, where companies, in which I am working (my company clients), rely on me, and my Programming, and Management skills.

I don’t want to brag, but I have s pretty stressful job…

When sometimes something goes wrong… The potential losses could been counted in hundred of thousands of dollars…

Didn’t major everything (yet)

My issue is, when I came to one of my clients for few days (and stay at hotel). This is difficult to me to switch after work…

I am working late (12 – 14 hours), and after that I steel feel that I did something wring, and tomorrow it will be shown in front of my face…

I have to say, that I should have a degree when it goes to local clients, where I don’t have to stay for the night…

After I cross the door of my home I literally forget about everything…

Seriously… I can focus in my projects, plans, and everything else.

Until… Someone calls me, and say that something is wrong, can I help (sometimes they are calling in the middle of the night).

The I do need some time to switch back, solve the problem, and switch again.

Don’t take this in the wrong way… I do love my work! I think it is challenging, but I do have to spend lot of hours out of home, also the money is not as great as it should, so long story short… I am thinking about online business from 15 months now…

It is not easy, but it is simple

This is a quote from one of the Glen Allsopp presentations about SEO (hope I don’t destroy your backlinks profile for viperchill with my links :)).

And it really fits to learning how to switch…

Because, when You want to learn how to switch your mind, You need some other goals in Your life, beside work goals.

And I don’t mean buying better car, or better house (those are really important goals), because the will make You less opened to switch.

Why?

Because those things need money, and where is money there need to be work done…

And if Your only support is Your day job, it means that problems in Your work can destroy your dreams about Your ideal car, and home.

Another goal means, some other projects in Your life…

Maybe it is hobby?

Maybe some other side work, which You want to provide?

Or maybe You just want to learn how to play on the piano?

Other goals can make Your switch really easy…

Watch Me!

I want to create a SEO Agency, and other businesses, which I can simply outsource the work, and become only the face of operation.

It is not easy, but it is simple! (sorry Glen).

When You know, that after finishing work You have to do X things for improving Your website, or another things, it will make an excitement, and actually be a cause of not thinking about abything else (especially Your daily job).

Think for a second…

Yes You probably have lot of other stuff going on. Wife, kids, and hobbys… But are all of those things really keeping Your attention from Your work problems?

If not try with some projects, and try to learn something new, what You can use in Your projects…

This is the real core of learning how to switch.

PS. I do have a really long article about learning how to switch in plans. Because I already have learned that. I will write about my problems with that, and how I am dealing with that.. So keep in touch with my Internal Calm Journey!

Day 19 : Still no traffic on the website, and what I want to do with this

Daily updates and a Blog

As You can see in my website, I have two sections.

Daily Updates

Daily Updates is the place, when I want to do a check-out every day with progress, which I have done. I want to document my journey, write about stuff which I have learned, and do some Updates, how do I look with my self development.

As You can see below (and probably find in history in my Blog), I do have some gaps between dates of posts:

internalcalm-making-daily-updates

As You can see daily update become a 5 day update, as I mentioned in previous posts I have ruff time, and didn’t develop my habit enough to actually make a change in my life, and stick with daily updates…

But I do want to write 5 posts today, so there is a progress, and no depression, and bad mood about it.

Blog

Today I have nothing in my Blog section… And I can prove that:

internal-calm-blog-no-results

I just want to be total transparent, and honest to people, which will be reading this in a year or two… Hopefully I will have post like Day 3XX or more…

This is the part of the plan, so…

However I do have ideas, and already started writing some posts (check the dates below):

internal-calm-not-finished-blog-posts

Yes… I do have problem with finishing projects, which I have started, and if You are fallowing my path from the beginning, You probably noticed that several times.

I have started writing 3 articles about my productivity tips, and what I am using to keep being in the productive zone, but didn’t finished it yet.

I just feel that Blog articles (and whole this section), have to be perfect, and I need just need more time for learning stuff, and releasing it, when I will be ready, and satisfied enough with the content.

I do have an apology for You

I apologize, because I am not doing checking, what i have been writing in Daily Updates sections.

Those posts are written fast, because there is other purpose for them…

And I have decided to write fast instead of no writing at all (I was talking about perfectionism quiet some times).

But…

If You trust me enough, and You read this anyway You probably make some conclusion for You…

This is a great example… How much I am learning in the process, of writing this post…

What is my plan for making more traffic for this site

Initially I want to be my personal journal, when i can write everything…

Sometimes it is personal, and boring (who cares, how much time I am swimming), but sometimes it is interesting (I think so).

I do have one request for You… Before you criticize me, just read more than 1 daily Update first (hope You will try those long ones).

So, what is my tactic?

I do want to share as many links as I can for resources, which are helpful to me…

Also I do want to be more on the track on productivity (probably have to work some more on that), and I hope my uncle Google will notice my efforts, and will provide me some natural traffic.

I don’t want to do some SEO tactics here, maybe some blog comments.

As I am reading Blogs all the time I can use a link, and write some comment instead of doing nothing.

And that is all….

When I will have enough content, and some actual Blog posts I will try to reach someone Influential in my area, and maybe it will be something…

But till then I will keep studying, and updating… Because this is the case…

If the Blog will grow, and I actually log some day in my wp-admin section, and see tens of comments, great. Maybe the I will focus on something else here, if not…

I will learn a lot I am sure. I am feeling much better, when I do provide an updates, so it is a good think anyway.

Day 18 : My personal mentor

My journey started commonly

My journey with online marketing started about 15 months ago…

However my first thing online is about 3 moths old…

Why is that?

Initially I was doing a lot of research, and learning the whole idea of blogs, WordPress,SEO, and marketing.

I was learning old school stuff, and those updated ones, which are important today.

Like probably most of people, which are learning the online marketing in the beginning I started with Pat Flynn, and his Smart Passive Income.

I don’t know Pat personally, and I have been reaching him only once about year ago (I have send him an email, and He did reply me), but I threat him like a friend…

Don’t took me wrong, I mean that Pat, is sharing the online marketing content in the form, which is really simple, especially for someone who didn’t ever think about all of those online stuff.

I have started listening to his podcasts, and actually heard all of them. I have probably done it wrong, because Pat often says about how important is actually do something…

Not only read, but make an action…

But I thought… That is probably too expensive to me to buy all of those tools, and servers…

I had background, because as an IT programmer, I can code, just never been doing a working online websites before.

I have learned a tone stuff, and heard about stories, which are incredible…

How people after 50 took their chance, and actually stated a business from scratch, and do all those things, and actually make a living siting in their backyard.

Before that I was only thinking about learning different things, and that was my only solution for earning money…

More time, meant more money for me…

But Passive Income? No work, and earn…

Seemed like a Fantasy to me…

I was not doing anything with my knowledge… Just learning, buying books, and learning (Elon Musk also learned how to go in space from books, so why could I learned online marketing).

My issue also was money… I didn’t earn a lot back then, and have new car, and apartment to renovation, so every peny was important for me.

I have decided that I will learn as much I can by reading, and start doing something, when I will be financial stable.

The plan kick off after a year

After a year from my beginning, I felt like I have learned a tone…

I did read a lot of books, done some notes, and actually become living with advice’s from those books.

I bought some servers, and themes, learned WordPress (by trial an error), and learned SEO (I am still not best in the world, but I am on the road to become one :)).

And I have to say, that I am not earning online yet… But I feel like I really can…

Probably if someone let me go from work (like in Pat case), it could help me…

But I hope top work for a while, I have family, and financial commitments, and not a lot of savings, so I need to work…

Also I am good at my work, and it passionate me, unfortunately there are things, which passionate me more, so there I am…

Having a mentor matters

Like I mentioned on the beginning, I have started small, by reading and hearing Pat.

But during those sessions (mostly I have listening podcasts during 3 hours driving to my work, when I am often staying for few days), I felt passion about SEO.

And actually find someone, who in short time become a mentor of mine (He don’t know about my existence, but it is not important, I have learned everything what I can from him).

And I am talking about Glen Allsopp.

Where I heared first time about Glen? In one of the Pat’s Podcasts about Niche Sites.

And it wast a blast… It blows my mind….

So i have started interesting Glen, and his journey, how he started, and i noticed that he is same age as me…

Also he interests English Premier League (Newcastle United is his team, but they are in the championship right now, so no hard feelings).

I have never joined to Marketing INC, which is Glens product (but wish to join maybe this year), because I know how much Glen is delivering all the time…

Now Glen is working on Gaps, which is his newest product, and as always he is over delivering…

I wish I have a huge audience, and just redirect all of it to Gaps in thank for Glen, and his content.

BTW. I am wondering if Glen is keeping track in all of his back-links, hope he is and actually make a comment on this one.

GAPS is all about opportunities, which are online… There are millions of ideas, which can be implemented multiple times in different niches, and areas.. And Glen just simple shares those ideas for free.. As he says, that He don’t have time to implement all of them, He purely want others to benefit from them…

I have a massive Blog post in my plans (and I mean Blog Area, not Daily Updates), which i want to write about Glen, and his mark on my life…

Meanwhile I don’t know Glen personally, i have contacted with him several times (and he is replying, and giving some tips), but I don’t have to.

I read some time ago a book about mentors. Don’t remember the title, but I remember one important thing from it… It is really good to have at least one mentor, who we can meet in Person, (this can be someone from family, or someone successful, who lives in the neighborhood), and some mentors, which we can know only from books, and their publications.

And this is my advice to You…

Find someone in the World, who You think is the best in the work, which You also want to Provide, someone, who is similar to You in some ways (maybe same age, or geographic area), and simply learn from him, try to take his advice, and take his steps.

There is a saying, that You are the average of three people, which You are spending most time with.

If You don’t have someone authoritative in Your environment, read more books… It will felt like Your taking advices from this person.

And You become a better at whatever You will be learning in the process.

Day 17 : Catching up with wasted time

Catching up, and getting blog in better shape

As I mentioned in the previous post, I have to catch up with the blog, and the plan is pretty simple…

As I have some time today I will write 5 blog posts in one day…

This is definitely cheating…

But I as documented all here, and actually keep the dates of the post release, it is all good in my standards.

What I have also started trying to do, is keeping more focus on the content here… If you have been reading some of my content released (yet), I hope You are seeing the difference.

There is no special low quality on the beginning tactics. If You see the difference in my writing, it simply means I am becoming better at this (no bragging here).

Also if You have been fallowing me up from the beginning You are experiencing constant changes in the look of the website.

That is why I am experimenting with DIVI theme like all the time.

Yes, I am using DIVI theme, and DIVI builder on the website (if You not familiar with these awesome WordPress solution, click the link above this paragraph, and do some reading).

I am using DIVI on my third website, and as a autodidact I try trial and error on my own.

I was using Elegant Themes for my two clients, and they were thrilled with the final effect, and I was glad, cause of the time, which I spend to get this effect (and trust me, those were hours, not weeks).

I am not an affiliate of any kind for those guys, and I am definitely not a Person which huge audience (yet), so trust me on that this is pure delight.

I am testing You all the time

Let’s make something clear.

I don’t want You (my potential reader) to become not confident here. Yes I want to give You some of my advice, and I want to be total transparent with what I am doing here, and probably shortly on my other ventures.

I am trying stuff with content, I am trying stuff with the design, and also I will change the logo probably in few days…

And You know why I am doing that?

I have changed my point of view of online business…

I have been trying this for a Year bow, but I were a witness of failures (unfortunately there were my failures).

So I decided that I need to release my idea fastest I can, to avoid something, which is often named like a “lack of motivation”.

Every time, when I was starting a new Project, or just trying to bring to life some idea, I was exited on the first place, but after few days I hit the wall, get frustrated, and forget about whole thing.

Don’t tell me that You haven’t experienced such a thing in Your life?

So…

I decided that, when I have an idea, and it is not costing me a lot of money, I just do it… Start is the most important part.

And I mean a website idea, or a website project such as Internal Calm.

I will be honest in here. I have lots of ideas every day… Lot’s of business opportunities, and chances to actually find my own gap in the market (Thank You Glen for all Your knowledge).

The problem for me is:

  • My specific kind of not 9 – 5 work, which I spend about 70 hours in week.
  • Lack of energy in the week full of work for my work :).
  • My weekend teaching lessons, which I am giving.

Most of my ideas live for one, maybe seven days… And there are dead…

This is really sad, but that is the truth…

I am not going far with thise ideas… Sometimes I am doing some research, and another time, I am just simply figuring out stuff, get to some point and simple as that live the idea.

Seriously, those are good ideas (maybe not all of them), but there are too much of them.

I want to focus on one thing, but the problem is that each time I have new idea, I just simply thing, that this one is better, than previous, so I should probably focus on this one, to not waste of time on something which has a dead end.

Wit internalcalm was different. I wanted just be more focus, and actually achieve some changes, so I decide that I have to keep track of all my ups and downs to actually make a change (also I was doing that after reading my mentors version of similar website: Glen Allsopp).

I have created the website in few hours, write a first blog posts, created a must have sites like Privacy Policy page, contact page, about page, and the blog itself, and I was done…

The logo, which I have today:

internal_calm_logo

was done in couple of minutes, so not a big deal…

That is the reason, why I want to change it.

The big conclusion is simple

I am doing the changes on the blog, and am doing it when i have time, but this is not holding me to release something…

Releasing the idea of internalCALM take me couple of hours from buying a server, and the domain to installing the wordpress, and choosing the proper theme.

I have content on the site, and updated everyday (almost :)), and I can make changes all the time…

Before…

I wanted to make as perfect website as possible. And that was the biggest problem… To much time took me changing the details, and technical stuff, so finally I was having no energy to actually keep on the right trick with the whole initial idea…

Back to conclusion

Release Your idea as fast as You can…

If it is a website, just do something simple, and go public with it…

When You have something publicly on the internet it will make You more committed to actually keep going with the idea.

This is conclusion, which i made after some of my failures…

Normally, when You hit the wall for the first time You properly kill the whole project, You don’t have such an enthusiasm, like when You were starting…

Probably my logo is ugly, and some pages of my site are not looking well, like this one:

internalcalm-website-mistake

but You know what?

You need the audience first to actually someone notice, and to get the audience You definitely need a content.

So why bother with some technical not looking the best on the planet website, if You have bigger issues to actually deal with?

Yes I am a perfectionist, and I look when something looks the best in the world, but I know that if I want to achieve that I do need lot of time, or lot of money… Simple as that.

As I don’t have the second one, and the first one is not working so well, I have decided to change my tactics.

Be honest with Yourself

I am trying to be as transparent here as I can.

Actually this is the longest post here (yet), maybe because I fill a little bit guilty about that I didn’t write for 5 days, or I just simple have some time to thing about my ventures, and did make some conclusions.

I have decided that I have to be honest with myself. If something goes wrong, and I didn’t complete the plan, I have to face it…

Finding excuses that I was stressed, and didn’t have time, was overwhelmed, and depressed is not the reason that I fail for 5 days with my habits…

The reason is that my habits are not strong enough…

I am waking up, when I am in hotel at 6 AM, and staying in bed till 7 AM, that is the truth…

So I have hour, which I could use for writing here, or meditating…

In some reason I am not doing that, because I am thinking about work related stuff, and I am too much stressed to actually stand up from bed…

And this is the whole truth…

When I am at home, I can deal with this, and it actually came to me much easier…

When I am out of home I have some issues with my habits, and transformation.

But… I know about that, so this is an actual bright side.

I consider this blog (no matter how ugly it is right now), as my personal success…

And thanks to that I am keeping going with this venture, and my other ones.